Pence subbed in for Trump on call with governors after president's positive test

Pence subbed in for Trump on call with governors after president's positive test
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Vice President Pence subbed in for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE on Friday on a conference call with governors about the coronavirus pandemic and protecting vulnerable populations after the president tested positive for COVID-19.

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoHundreds protest over NY bar owners arrested for coronavirus violations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates Supreme Court sees new requests for religious COVID-19 carve-outs MORE (D) confirmed that Trump was not on the call, which was listed on his public schedule. The president is experiencing mild symptoms of the virus, according to aides, but his absence from the call reflects the uncertainty over whether he will carry on working as normal.

"When the call started, the vice president did the call and said the president asked him to handle the call for him," Cuomo told 1010 WINS radio. "So the president didn’t actually get on the briefing call, the vice president handled it." 


"I assume he’s resting up," Cuomo said of Trump. "All New Yorkers wish the president well."

Pence did not make further comment on Trump's condition on the call, Cuomo said. 

The White House alerted state leaders on Thursday that they would hold a call with Trump on Friday, according to a person familiar with the planning. But the notice went out before the president tested positive.

Trump revealed early Friday morning that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpBiden warns Americans against traveling for Christmas McEnany hits Democratic leaders for not following their own COVID-19 restrictions Capitol physician advises lawmakers against attending dinners, receptions during COVID-19 spike MORE had tested positive for COVID-19, a virus that has killed more than 200,000 people in the U.S. this year and infected millions of people in the country.

The development came hours after it was reported that Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration President says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19 MORE, one of the president's closest aides, had tested positive for the disease.


The White House physician said in a letter released by the press office that Trump and the first lady were "both well," and that he expected the president to "continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering."

White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsAlyssa Farah resigns as White House communications director Trump hits Barr over voter fraud remarks: 'He hasn't looked' Trump had tense meeting with Barr after statement DOJ found no widespread election fraud: reports MORE said Trump was dealing with mild symptoms, but that he was "very energetic" and wanting to stay engaged in the day-to-day workflow. Trump's absence from the governor's call is sure to raise questions, however, about whether he will be able to carry out his usual duties without issue.

Trump was reportedly lethargic during a fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday, which he attended even after the White House learned of Hicks's positive test.